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Sam’s style, plaid + burgundy

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit from last month — thanks in advance!

And now, more of Sam’s style! I was sure you wouldn’t mind… ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, tan shoes + argyle socks closeup

We recently bought Sam new trouser socks at Kohl’s to replace worn-out socks in his wardrobe, and HOW CUTE do these argyle socks look with his outfit? Every other piece of his outfit he has had for awhile, and it’s just so well-coordinated, isn’t it? And he’s still showing his mastery at pattern-mixing, with the argyle socks + plaid button-front + checkered fedora.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam outfit, plaid shirt + burgundy trousers

Details:

  • Plaid button-front: ¬†Lands’ End, old
  • Trousers: ¬†Old Navy, old
  • Rope belt: ¬†Kohl’s?, old
  • Argyle socks: ¬†Kohl’s, new {exact kind still available!}
  • Fedora: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Shoes: ¬†Clarks, last spring

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Sam’s style, summer date night

It’s Sam’s birthday this weekend — our birthdays are just a week apart, so yes, two Leos in one marriage! — so I thought it appropriate to feature his style again. Happy birthday to my sweetie!

He wore this outfit last weekend on a date night for my birthday, and I took these photos along the Puget Sound when it was nearing dusk.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam style, lavender print shirt + grey cords

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam style, lavender print shirt + grey cords

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam style, lavender print shirt + grey cords

It’s a confident man who can wear pastels, and this lavender button-front looks great on him! This shirt — which has a subtle black geometric print up close — is a recent buy when we recently went shopping for Sam to replace a few items. (He cleaned out his closet recently, which I helped with. Meaning, I sat on the bed while Sam did all the work going back and forth from the closet, and then I gave my opinion about items he ear-marked for possible donations. Sam also trusts my opinion when we go shopping for him.)

And OF COURSE I loved Sam’s color-coordination going on in this outfit, with the grey hat and cords, and how the cognac belt and sneakers coordinate nicely with the brown band on his hat and his brown wood watch. He’s got such good style, doesn’t he?!

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam style, grey cords + sneakers closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam style, lavender print shirt + grey cords

Details:

  • Button-front: ¬†Kohl’s, new {exact}
  • Cords: ¬†Gap, new this past winter
  • Sneakers: ¬†Payless, this winter
  • Fedora: ¬†Goorin Brothers, old
  • Wood watch: ¬†c/o JORD, this past winter {exact}

Sam’s style | Preppy kilt

It was sunshine-y but cool in that special PNW way, and Sam was FEELING the kilt this day. I did not mind at all.

I like that the top half of his outfit is a bit preppy, with the plaid button-front¬†and sweater vest. And the bottom half is casual kilt style, with his utility kilt (or “utilikilt” — but I also sometimes use¬†the terms “cargo kilt” and “hiking kilt”) and hiking socks.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

And hello to Sam’s flowing¬†locks! He usually wears his longer hair pulled back in a low ponytail, but today, he set the curls free. I am not AT ALL jealous of his curly hair (says the straight-haired lady… with a not-so-straight face). ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, preppy kilt

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Plaid¬†button-front: ¬†Hugo Boss, thrifted at local Tacoma shop, new
  • Sweater vest: ¬†Kohl’s?, had for years
  • Utility kilt: ¬†Highland Kilt Company, old
  • Hiking socks: ¬†Fred Meyer, old
  • Brogues: ¬†Payless, old

Happy Friday, y’all! If you’re in the mood for more kilt outfits — and who isn’t?! — be sure to check out Sam’s utilikilt here in this post, and the full Fraser tartan dress kilt here in this post.

Sam’s style | Olive + black + grey

I didn’t realize until last week’s giveaway winners post that I had totally forgotten to post pics I took of another one¬†of Sam’s outfits this past spring. I didn’t meant to deprive y’all, dear readers! This outfit’s a couple of months old¬†— an oldie but goodie! ūüėČ

So last week you got to enjoy the outtake, this week you get to enjoy the entire outfit of olive + black + grey + tweed.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Another of Sam’s trademark hats! This one is in a black and white tweed that he picked up during our 2009 trip to Vienna. I love how the hat connects to his tweed canvas shoes. PLUS more pattern-mixing with his olive button-front shirt, which has a subtle diamond¬†print when you look up close. (The cat hairs on his black waistcoat are NOT an intentional pattern. ūüėČ )

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + grey

Details of Sam’s outfit:

  • Button-front: ¬†Kohl’s, old
  • Waistcoat: ¬†INC International Concepts via Macy’s, old
  • Hat: ¬†Shop in village town outside Vienna, 2009
  • Jeans: ¬†Gap, new
  • Canvas shoes: ¬†Payless, old
  • Coat: ¬†Gap?, old

Shop Sam’s outfit:

similar olive button-front  //  exact black vest  //  exact jeans  //  similar tweed hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style, olive + black + tweed

5 more fun facts + 5 outtakes PLUS 5th blogiversary giveaway winners

Last week, I began celebrating my 5th blog anniversary, which culminates¬†today in getting to¬†announce the 5 winners of my 5th blogiversary giveaway. I thought a little extra celebration was in order. ūüėĬ†(Are you the winner? Scroll below.)

For a special thank you that ties in with one of my fun facts from¬†last week’s post, I wrote out a thank you message in backwards cursive handwriting! (And provided a mirror image below, so you wouldn’t have to scramble your brain trying to read it or holding your computer or phone up to a mirror.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Giveaway thanks handwriting graphic

It’s funny how my backwards handwriting is basically a window into what my regular handwriting looked like at age 9. My regular handwriting looks very different today, but it’s like time stood still with my backwards handwriting. Weird, huh?

And now for one extra twist, today’s fun facts AND outtakes will all focus on Sam! He’s a huge part of this blog behind the scenes, as he takes almost all of the photos. Plus, he’s quite stylish — and just as goofy as I am in real life! ūüėÄ

Fun fact #1 about Sam:

He voluntarily attended a Marine Military camp as a teen and thought seriously during¬†that time about joining the Marines and having a military career. I’ve seen the video of his camp experience, in which they show footage of him getting all his hair buzzed¬†off!

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post: ¬†Sam’s style | Grey fedora + cords

Fun fact #2 about Sam:

And that’s just about¬†the last time he got a major haircut… Sam’s hairstyle — long, curly hair parted in the middle plus¬†a goatee — is essentially the same hairstyle he had when we first met, over 20 years ago. He’s had hair trims, of course, but it’s the same look. I can’t imagine him without a goatee! The beard is relatively recent, only the last couple of years.

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Oooooooops, I forgot to post about this outfit that Sam wore earlier this spring. I will correct that oversight¬†next week! In the meantime, enjoy this outtake ūüėÄ

Fun fact #3 about Sam:

One of his nicknames during high school was “Cheese Man,” because his jokes were¬†so cheesy. (And continue to be!) He even had a little “Cheese Man” drawing because OF COURSE he was proud of this nickname. ūüėČ

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post: ¬†Sam’s style | Mixing brown + grey

Fun fact #4 about Sam:

Sam courted me by letter. He wrote his first letter to me the very day we met — on handmade paper, no less! — and continued to write letters to me the next few months. (This was also in the dark ages, before cell phones became commonplace.) I still have all those letters. And he still has all the letters that I wrote him! He is a true romantic!

♥ swoon ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | An outtake of Sam

Original post:  His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

Fun fact #5 about Sam:

This final fun fact is more about us together than just Sam. We got married over 15 years ago in a little one-steeple church in Poetry, Texas. Awwwwwww. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam jumps for joy over his new JORD wood watch

Original post:  His and hers | Celebrating our anniversary with JORD wood watches + GIVEAWAY

Announcing the giveaway winners

And now, without further ado, the winners of my blog anniversary giveaway, a $25 Out of Print e-gift card each that I will purchase myself. There were 84 actual entries, which I then put on a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. (Putting the entries on a separate spreadsheet also allowed me to respond to all your lovely comments on the post itself!) I then used the random number generator on the Random.org website to select the winning entries, which were entries #20, #83, #23, #8, and #51.

Winner #1

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #2

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #3

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #4

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Winner #5

Librarian for Life + Style | 5th blogiversary winner

Congratulations to all the winners ! I will be in touch shortly so I can send you each the $25 Out of Print e-gift card. ūüôā¬†ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the giveaway to help me celebrate my fifth blog anniversary! I hope you enjoyed all the fun facts, including those from fellow readers, as well as all the outtakes.


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